Re: Homophobes, engineers, and other alien life forms

Subject: Re: Homophobes, engineers, and other alien life forms
From: Matt Ion <soundy -at- NEXTLEVEL -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 1996 23:13:13 -0800

On Fri, 8 Nov 1996 07:46:48 -0500, Martha Cosgriff wrote:

> always found the expressions "abort" and "miscarry" to be particularly
> loathesome, since they deal with physiological tragedies applicable
> only to women,

Umm, pardon... but since when does "abort" apply only to women, and
only to the intentional termination of a pregnancy?

> Yet, these "female-based" words are even more prevalent since the
> advent of computers (as in the DOS prompt: "Abort? Retry? Cancel?").

"Retry" and "Cancel" are female-based words???

> "Yep, it's F-----D." (from a group of engineers standing around a
> crashed computer.)

"Fucked" is a female-based word?

> "I nuked that file." (same source)

"Nuked" is a female-based word (apologies to Madame Marie Curie)???

> While it has a certain pungent humor, this type of speech is hardly
> sober, temperate, or scientifically precise.

Neither is this kind of excessive Orwellian sensitivity to mere words.

Your friend and mine,
Living in the limelight, the universal dream, for those who wish to seem
Those who wish to be, must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination, the real relation
The underlying theme...
- Rush, "Limelight"
#include standard_disclaimer.h

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
-- Philip K. Dick

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